Golf Talk Live - Matt Kuchar Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
JENNIFER MILLS
THIS WAS AT THE OLYMPIC CLUB, MATT, THE 18TH HOLE ON SUNDAY. YOUR 20TH BIRTHDAY, FATHER'S DAY. YOUR MEMORIES FROM THAT MOMENT.

MATT KUCHAR
WELL THE PUTT BEFORE THAT, TO THINK I WAS PUTTING FROM THERE, I HAD ABOUT 20 FEET AND I ENDED UP HAVING WHAT YOU SAW, LIKE 15 FEET COMING BACK. THAT GREEN'S PRETTY CRAZY BUT THE

FUNNY THING ABOUT THAT GREEN, WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS OFF THE BREAK, THE BUNKERS SAY 'I OWE YOU'. IT'S, IT'S FUNNY, LEADING UP TO THAT GREEN, WHEN YOU'RE WALKING UP THE FAIRWAY, YOU SEE 'I OWE YOU' AROUND

THE BUNKERS. THE LEFT ONE'S THE LONG KIND OF SKINNY BUNKER. SHORT RIGHT OF THE GREEN IS A, A KIND OF CIRCLE BUNKER, THEN RIGHT OF THE GREEN IS A 'U' BUNKER AND IT'S, IT'S KIND OF AMUSING WALKING UP AND SAYING THAT THE COURSE OWES YOU ONE.

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
SO I WAS, I WAS GLAD TO MAKE THAT PUTT . IT GOT ME BACK AT THE NEXT OPEN. I MEAN THAT SUNDAY WAS JUST A DREAM FOR ME. EVERY TEE I CAME TO, EVERY HOLE I WAS WALKING UP TO PEOPLE WERE SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY

AND THEN YOU'D HAVE SCREAMS OF HAPPY FATHER'S DAY AND TO PLAY SO WELL AT THE OPEN WAS, WAS QUITE A WEEK.

JENNIFER MILLS
NOW WITH THAT CAME AGAIN AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF PUBLICITY AND MEDIA ATTENTION AND REQUESTS AND, AND ALL THE THINGS THAT GO INTO THAT. WAS THAT STILL SOMETHING YOU WERE ENJOYING OR AT THIS POINT IS IT STARTING TO GET A LITTLE TOO HECTIC?

MATT KUCHAR
THE, THE COOL THING, THAT SUNDAY, I COME INTO THE LOCKER ROOM AFTER MY ROUND, AND THERE'S A NOTE HANGING IN MY LOCKER FROM THE TONIGHT SHOW, AND JAY LENO HAS REQUESTED TO HAVE

ME ON THE TONIGHT SHOW, SO I IMMEDIATELY PICK UP A PHONE AND DIAL UP AND SAY, ALRIGHT, I CAN DO IT, WHEN AM I GOING?

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
SO, SOME OF THAT STUFF WAS GREAT BUT THEN, THAT'S KIND OF WHEN THE CRAZINESS STARTED AFTER THAT, I , I, I'D KIND OF FORMED A LITTLE PLAN. WENT OUT TO DO THE TONIGHT SHOW AND THEN THE PHONES, I CAME HOME AND THE PHONES WERE JUST RINGING OFF THE HOOK. I ENDED UP GOING TO FRIENDS HOUSES AND SPENDING THE NIGHT JUST

TO HIDE FROM THE PHONES, JUST WHERE NOBODY COULD GET ME EXCEPT MOM AND DAD. IT JUST, IT REALLY GOT OUT OF HAND AND I WASN'T SURE HOW TO HANDLE IT.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHEN YOU, WHAT DID YOU DECIDE TO DO? I MEAN, HOW DID YOU END UP HANDLING AND JUGGLING THE REQUESTS AND YOUR TIME?

MATT KUCHAR
I KNOW

JENNIFER MILLS
BECAUSE AT THIS POINT YOU'RE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL. I MEAN

MATT KUCHAR
RIGHT

JENNIFER MILLS
I MEAN YOU LEFT, YOU'VE LEFT MAGIC KINGDOM, IF YOU WILL, OF, OF THE OPEN, THE MASTERS AND THE OPEN AND NOW YOU'RE GOING BACK TO BE A, A STUDENT.

MATT KUCHAR
YEAH, I'D ONLY JUST FINISHED MY SOPHOMORE YEAR AND KNEW I HAD TWO MORE YEARS LEFT OF SCHOOL, SO AFTER THE OPEN, I KNEW I WAS IN THE BRITISH OPEN AS WELL. I KNEW I HAD TO, HAD TO GO OVER AND DO THAT, AND FROM THERE I KIND OF FIGURED I'D MAKE MY DECISION AFTER THE BRITISH OPEN.

I GAVE MYSELF SOME TIME. MY FAMILY ALWAYS GOES UP TO A CAMP IN NEW HAMPSHIRE EVERY SUMMER AND THAT'S WHEN THE WHOLE FAMILY GETS TOGETHER AND I FIGURED I'D, I'D KIND OF DISCUSS THINGS THERE, AND SWEAR (?)

OUT A PLAN. WELL AT THAT POINT WE DISCUSSED THINGS AND STILL DIDN'T HAVE A PLAN.

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
WE JUST, THERE WAS SO MUCH UP IN THE AIR. WE REALLY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. FINALLY MY DECISION CAME TO BE. IT WAS, IT WAS A TOUGH ONE TO MAKE BUT I DECIDED TO GO BACK MY JUNIOR YEAR FOR THE FALL QUARTER

AND I WAS GOING TO SEE IF I LIKE SCHOOL, IF I FELT LIKE I FIT IN, IF I FELT LIKE IT WAS RIGHT OR IF I WANTED TO GO TURN PRO AND AFTER A LITTLE BIT, AFTER, I DON'T KNOW, BEING BACK AND HAVING TO TAKE TESTS AND PLAYING COLLEGIATE TOURNAMENTS AFTER DOING THE

MASTERS AND THE U.S. OPEN AND HAVING ALL THESE POSSIBLE DOLLARS THAT I COULD HAVE I DECIDED I'M GOING PRO AND I WAS 100% SURE I WAS GOING PRO.

JENNIFER MILLS
AND THIS WAS IN THE FALL OF '98.

MATT KUCHAR
THE FALL OF '99.

JENNIFER MILLS
'99

MATT KUCHAR
I THINK IT WAS, YES. MY JUNIOR YEAR, BUT, IT GOT DOWN TO BEING DECISION TIME. NOW I HAD TO EITHER STEP IN OR STEP OUT AND THAT'S WHEN I DECIDED. THAT'S WHEN I STARTED THINKING, BOY IF I DO THIS I'M GOING TO REGRET IT 5 YEARS

DOWN THE ROAD AND I DIDN'T WANT THAT SO I STUCK IT OUT AND REALLY HAD TO KIND OF BUST MY BUTT TO GET THROUGH SCHOOL. I TOOK 21HOURS AND 18 HOURS THE REST OF THAT JUNIOR YEAR. IT WAS REALLY HARD BUT, I KNEW I WANTED TO GRADUATE. THAT WAS A

HUGE THING I WANTED TO CHECK OFF MY LIST, AND TO DO THAT I KNEW I COULDN'T TAKE SUMMER SCHOOL SO I HAD TO DO IT IN THE REGULAR COURSE OF A YEAR, AND SO I HAD TO BUST MY BUTT, AND, AND DID AND ARE GLAD I DID.

JENNIFER MILLS
AND GEORGIA TECH IS NO CAKE WALK EITHER, AND THAT'S COMING FROM A WAKE FORESTER SO

MATT KUCHAR
NO IT'S

JENNIFER MILLS
SO I'M GIVING YOU SOME PROPS HERE ON THAT. AS FAR AS SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES AT SCHOOL, YOU PLAYED BRICE MOLDER IS A

MATT KUCHAR
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
IS A FABULOUS PLAYER OR YOUR COACH, BRUCE HEPLER, I KNOW HAS DONE TREMENDOUS THINGS FOR YOU. YOU HAD A GOOD GROUP OF PEOPLE AROUND YOU THEN.

MATT KUCHAR
YEAH, WHAT A GREAT PROGRAM THEY DEVELOPED. COACH HAS DONE SUCH A MARVELOUS JOB THERE AT GEORGIA TECH. I KNOW IT'S FAIRLY EASY TO NEGATIVE RECRUIT AND A LOT OF GUYS

DO THAT TO GEORGIA TECH. IT'S, IT'S TOUGH ACADEMICALLY. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO STUDY. THAT'S A GIVEN. YOU'RE IN ATLANTA. THERE MAY BE TRAFFIC. YOU'RE NOT BUT 15 MINUTES TO

THE NEAREST GOLF COURSE. WHAT COACH HAS DONE IS, IS HE'S SET UP A GREAT PROGRAM FOR US TO GET THROUGH SCHOOL. I MEAN THE TUTORS I HAD WERE OUTSTANDING. ALL THE CLASSES I MISSED I JUST, YOU KNOW I HAD TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TUTORS.

COACH BUILT A DRIVING RANGE IN THE MIDDLE OF DOWNTOWN ATLANTA. RIGHT NEXT TO SCHOOL. I MEAN TO BE ABLE TO GET THE LAND AND TO PUT UP, IT'S A

FIRST CLASS RANGE, AND, AND THE GOLF CENTER WE HAVE IS JUST OUTSTANDING, SO WHAT HE'S DONE TO OFFSET, KIND OF NEGATIVE RECRUITING IS, IS OUTSTANDING. I REMEMBER MY FRESHMAN YEAR I FINISHED SECOND IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT. THE TEAM FINISHED 8TH OUT OF 9 TEAMS, SO, WE KIND

OF HAVE BUILT THE PROGRAM UP AND HERE WE ARE BEING THE TOP RANKED TEAM IN THE COUNTRY MY LAST TWO YEARS AND NOW THIS YEAR, AGAIN, BRICE IS CARRYING ON THE FLAG AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE, THEY'RE RANKED ONE OR

TWO RIGHT WITH GEORGE. IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT NCAA WITH GEORGIA.

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU'VE GOT A SHOT AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP YOUR SENIOR YEAR.

MATT KUCHAR
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
AND CAME AGONIZINGLY CLOSE, LOSING IN A PLAYOFF TO OKLAHOMA STATE. IT WAS SOMETHING I KNOW YOU WANTED.

MATT KUCHAR
THAT, THAT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE CHECKMARKS AND THAT KILLS ME, THINKING, I HATE THINKING BACK TO IT. THINKING BACK TO THAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND LOSING IN A PLAYOFF. JUST ONE SHOT OUT OF, I THINK IT WAS

ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE SHOTS TO ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED TWELVE SHOTS. OR, SOMETHING WITH THAT NUMBER AND IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT COMES DOWN TO JUST ONE.

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM

MATT KUCHAR
BUT I THINK THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON AND YOU KNOW WE, WE MOVE ON, BUT THAT'S, THAT'S ONE, MAYBE THE ONE THING I WISH I COULD HAVE OVER WAS MAYBE JUST ONE SHOT OUT THERE.

JENNIFER MILLS
IS IT TRUE YOU LIVED IN A DINING ROOM? WAS YOUR BEDROOM THE DINING ROOM?

MATT KUCHAR
(LAUGHS)

MY SENIOR YEAR I LIVED IN A DINING ROOM. THAT'S RIGHT. I

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)
HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?

MATT KUCHAR
JUST STRUCK UP SOME GREAT FRIENDSHIPS WITH SOME OF THE BASKETBALL GUYS. WASN'T SURE WHERE I WAS GOING TO LIVE MY SENIOR YEAR. THESE GUYS HAD A HOUSE JUST OFF OF CAMPUS. ONE OF THE COOLEST HOUSES THERE WAS, AND THEY WEREN'T SURE IF

ONE GUY WAS GOING TO STAY IN THE HOUSE THE NEXT YEAR OR NOT, SO IT ENDED UP HE STAYED IN THE HOUSE AND I WAS LIKE BOY I DON'T KNOW WHERE I'M GOING TO LIVE NOW. SO THEY SAID WELL JUST STAY IN THE DINING ROOM. SO SURE

ENOUGH I CAN PUT A BED IN THE DINING ROOM. IT'S GOT TWO FRENCH GLASS DOORS SO NO PRIVACY AT ALL BUT I PUT UP SHELVES AND I ACTUALLY MADE IT INTO A GREAT ROOM. THERE'S FOUR GOLFERS IN THERE NOW. JUST LIKE AT,

WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL WE HAD FOUR PEOPLE SO ANOTHER GUY, WES LADERMAN (?) WAS TAKING OVER THE DINING ROOM AND IT'S, IT'S JUST A MARVELOUS HOUSE WHERE EVERYBODY

CAN COME OVER AND YOU CAN HAVE PARTIES. YOU CAN JUST, IT'S SO WELL LOCATED AND SUCH A NEAT HOUSE TO JUST KIND OF SIT AND HANG OUT IN. IT, IT WAS, IT WAS A BLAST.

JENNIFER MILLS
WELL WE CAN TELL YOU OBVIOUSLY HAD NO FUN WHATSOEVER

STAYING IN SCHOOL FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS

MATT KUCHAR
(LAUGHS) NO

JENNIFER MILLS
WELL ASIDE FROM HAVING FUN, MATT DID QUITE A BIT. HE'S GOT A NUMBER OF ACHIEVEMENTS. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A BREAK, AS WE GO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE ACCOMPLISHMENTS. WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS.

(MUSIC)

(WRITTEN TEXT)
MATT KUCHAR
SELECTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:
- MEDALLIST OR CO-MEDALLIST OF 7 EVENTS AT GEORGIA TECH, ONE SHY OF THE RECORD HELD BY DAVID DUVAL AND BRYCE MOLDER
- MADE THE CUT IN 6 OF THE FIRST 7 PGA TOUR EVENTS HE PLAYED, INCLUDING 2 MASTERS
- SHARES MARK FOR 2ND BEST SCORE (288) BY A FIRST YEAR AMATEUR AT THE MASTERS

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Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

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This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.